Jerome Jesse Berry: All About Halle Berry’s Father

Halle Berry’s father, Jerome Jesse Berry, had a troubled relationship with her and the family after divorcing her mother when she was four.

Halle Berry, known for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball,’ has spoken openly about her father’s alcoholism and abusive behavior towards her mother.

Jerome Jesse Berry
Jerome Jesse Berry: Photo source (

Despite the difficult past, the actress expressed forgiveness and understanding towards her father’s struggles in a heartfelt Father’s Day post on Instagram, acknowledging his addiction and extended absence from the family.

Jerome Jesse Berry Parents

Halle Berry’s father was born on August 7th, 1934, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

He was the son of Cora Lee Powell and Bob Berry.

He spent most part of his childhood in Mississippi with his family.

Berry had an Afro-American ethnicity and an American nationality.

Jerome died at the age of 68.

Jerome Jesse Berry Career In Detail

Berry was an Air Force veteran. He later started working as a bus driver and spent several years working for the Bluebird travel lines.

Besides, the late celebrity father once served as a porter at a Cleveland psychiatric hospital, it was where Jerome met his future wife.

Jerome Jesse Berry Relationship

Jerome was married to Judith Ann Hawkins. The former duo first met when they both were working at a Cleveland psychiatric hospital. At the time, Judith was a nurse at the hospital.

Halle Berry with her mother Judith Ann
Halle Berry with her mother, Judith Ann: Photo source (

In fact, Hawkins is from Liverpool, England, and is Caucasian by ethnicity. Although the lovebirds belonged to two different races, they never got back and took their relationship to the next level in the early 1960s.

A couple of years after their marriage, Jerome started a family with Judith, welcoming their first daughter, Heidi Berry-Henderson in October 1964. They became parents for the second time when Hawkings gave birth to their second child, a daughter Halle Berry in August 1966.

Halle Berry and Father Jerome Jesse Berry
Halle Berry and Father Jerome: Photo source (Forbes)

The two were in a blissful marital relationship for years before things started becoming worse and worse between the duo by the late 1960s.

Jerome Jesse Berry Divorce

In 1970, Jerome and Judith split after an 8-year marriage, with Halle Berry revealing her father’s abusive behavior towards her mother.

Halle witnessed her mother’s suffering and her sister’s beatings.

Jerome was absent from her life since the divorce, and Halle was raised by her mother as a single parent.

How Jerome Jesse Berry Died?

Jerome, a former African American hospital attendant, passed away in January 2003 at Euclid General Hospital in Ohio due to Parkinson’s disease.

He was 68 years old. He was laid to rest in Cleveland Memorial Gardens, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Quick Wiki

  • Full Name Jerome Jesse Berry
  • Birth Date August 1934
  • Death Date 2003
  • Age At Death 68
  • Ethnicity African-American
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Occupation Actress Halle Berry’s Father
  • Wife Judith Ann Hawkins
  • Children Two
  • Daughter Halle Berry and Heidi Berry

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